Marvel Studios is showing signs of franchise fatigue as espionage thriller Secret Invasion concludes its uneven run on Disney+. The series didn’t do what its comic book counterpart did in changing up Marvel’s status quo. Instead, it killed off Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and Talos (Ben Mendelsohn). We barely even had time to mourn Hill’s passing before Fury and Talos figured out a plan. Perhaps most surprisingly, Secret Invasion does not even feature a tag…"Secret Invasion Concludes Uneven Run With “Home”"
Secret Invasion inches closer to the end of its Disney+ run with the penultimate episode of the Marvel Studios limited series. After starting out with two episodes running nearly an hour, the series has settled into a 38-44 minute run time. The episode packs in a good amount of show in just a short amount of time. Put it this way: right when you think there’s another scene, the credits begin. Everything is setting up…"Secret Invasion – Episode 5 – Harvest"
Secret Invasion continues to upend the status quo in the MCU as the limited series reaches its halfway point on Disney+. This is the shortest episode so far with a running time of 44 minutes. Regardless, there is still a lot of show and things to unpack as the plot plays its course. The episode deals with yet another Skull plot to take out human leadership. It ends with a very big reveal that will…"Secret Invasion – Episode 3 – Betrayed"
The first two episodes of Secret Invasion leave one wondering just how much this series will change up Marvel’s status quo. I want to get this out of the way first: two episodes are not enough to judge the limited series. Marvel sent out press screeners for the first two episodes but the series is six episodes in length. Basically, I’m only able to offer my thoughts on Secret Invasion‘s first two hours at this…"Secret Invasion Seeks to Change Marvel’s Status Quo"
Marvel Studios released the trailer and key art for the upcoming Secret Invasion series following the trailer airing during Sunday Night Baseball. Fans watching the Philadelphia Phillies play the Texas Rangers were lucky enough to catch the trailer live on TV. If not, you’re in luck because I’ve got you covered below. Even after watching the first trailer for the series, Marvel is smart to not give away too much ahead of the series premiere…"Secret Invasion: Marvel Studios Releases Trailer and Key Art"
Following its theatrical and digital releases, Empire of Light is now available for audiences to bring home on Blu-ray and DVD. My review ran shortly after the Canadian premiere during TIFF. There’s no denying that the film is the cinematography from Roger Deakins is beautiful. This is one of a number of films about the power of cinema in 2022. As for the rest of the film, not everyone will agree. To each their own.…"Empire of Light Arrives on Blu-ray, DVD"
Drawing inspiration from a classic Sergio Leone film, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish is the long-awaited sequel to the 2011 Shrek spin-off. Audiences had a chance to catch a sneak preview over Thanksgiving weekend. Similarly, Critics Choice Association members had the opportunity to do the same by way of digital screener. I never got around to watching the first film but I caught both in a double feature on Thanksgiving Eve. This one is…"Puss in Boots: The Last Wish Gets A Bit Dark"
There’s no denying that Empire of Light is a beautifully shot film but there’s something about the Sam Mendes picture that feels off. I’m gonna be honest here in that this is the film in which I had to fight to stay awake. When one is running on little-to-no sleep, films need to be engaging to keep one’s attention. Factor in Sam Mendes at the helm and Olivia Colman in a leading role, this film…"Empire of Light – Toronto 2022"
Maggie Gyllenhaal steps behind the camera and hits a home run in her feature directorial debut, an adaptation of The Lost Daughter. When it comes to actors stepping behind the camera to direct, there’s no guarantee that it’ll be a good film. Maggie Gyllenhaal has nothing to worry about with her feature directorial debut, which brings the mysterious Elena Ferrante’s novel to the screen. She hits it out of the ballpark! It certainly helps having…"The Lost Daughter: Maggie Hits A Home Run"
Even though they unloaded the film onto Netflix, Sony Pictures Animation’s The Mitchells vs. The Machines hits Blu-ray with bonus content. Because Sony retained the home entertainment rights, film fans are all the better. It’s not often that a Netflix film gets a stacked home entertainment release. And yet, this film also comes with all NEW material including a short film. There’s also an extended cut including 40 minutes of deleted scenes. Trust me, you’re…"The Mitchells vs. The Machines Arrives On Blu-ray"